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Twisted (2004)

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 135
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 133

An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 40
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An implausible, overheated potboiler that squanders a stellar cast, Twisted is a clichéd, risible whodunit.

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Philip Kaufman directs the detective thriller Twisted (originally to be titled The Blackout Murders), with a script by up-and-coming filmmaker Sarah Thorp. Ashley Judd plays troubled police detective Jessica Shepard, who works under the jurisdiction of the man who raised her as his daughter, police Commissioner Mills (Samuel L. Jackson). While investigating a serial murder case, Jessica -- who is has a proclivity for dangerous, drunken one-night-stands -- discovers that all of the victims are

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Sarah Thorp

Aug 31, 2004

$25.0M

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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (133) | DVD (23)

This thriller seems most interested in lingering over battered and bloodied male faces.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Sarah Thorpe's screenplay is a compendium of by-the-book clichés; Kaufman's direction leaves the material stranded in a limbo between po-faced and trashy; Judd's approximation of drunkenness is worrying to behold.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The outdated, cliche-riddled direction is so inept and indifferent that it's hard to believe Twisted was lensed by the same Philip Kaufman who made The Right Stuff.

March 11, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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A suspense thriller without thrills or suspense.

March 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Judd is let down by Twisted because tearful, confused victim doesn't come naturally to her; she's not fun to watch suffer if you can't see her calculating the payback.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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This movie plays like they were reading [Roger Ebert's] little movie glossary and they took every cliche in there.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Numbingly predictable, inept, and boring.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

At least the performances are solid.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Judd, Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia and David Strathairn all are wasted.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Overcooked dialogue, some wildly implausible story devices, and a dearth of remotely likable characters, and Twisted is a crime story that just doesn't pay.

November 2, 2006
Christianity Today

Twisted is so bad I'm embarrassed to have seen it and therefore am a bit ashamed to write even an unkind review.

July 2, 2006

Just like nearly all of Judd's past entries in the genre, this film isn't great, it's just average.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

The plot turns are increasingly preposterous, as are the metaphors.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Judd, Jackson and Garcia's work is pedestrian at best. But they did accept this script.

October 14, 2004 Full Review

I didn't go to sleep and only looked at my watch a couple of times, so I guess it wasn't terrible.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Remember kids, alcohol is bad, mmm-kay?

July 10, 2004 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The movie may dole out a few guilty pleasures, but you won't believe a word of it.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Una de esas película que sin el cast que tiene pasaría sin pena ni gloria al olvido.

June 15, 2004
Cinenganos

Sou contra a pena de morte, mas teria o maior prazer em ajudar a prender a protagonista deste filme na cadeira elétrica e dar o comando 'Roll on two!'.

June 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Twisted dies at almost the very moment it begins.

April 24, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
FilmJerk.com

It is sad to see an actress as talented as Ashley Judd repeatedly appearing in these women-in-distress movies.

March 27, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

"Twisted" is a train wreck, with Ashley Judd stuck in the caboose.

March 25, 2004
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

A horrible waste of talent, time and money and has the potential to be one of the worst films 2004 has to offer.

March 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

You've seen better mysteries on Murder She Wrote, you'll hear better dialogue in an Ed Wood flick, and you'll experience better sex scenes on a hot day at your local zoo.

March 18, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Twisted

Very average thriller with who cares ending. I gave it an extra star for Ashley, as I always think she is quite good. Story here is just a bit flat and surprisingly dull.
March 2, 2012
romy861

Super Reviewer

Who done it? Typical in you know there is "twist" coming, but still enjoyable. Something felt very 1990s about the whole movie.
August 30, 2010
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Twisted is your typical thriller that has a obligatory, game-changing twist at the end. Ashley Judd is as gorgeous as always, while Garcia and Jackson phone-in performances that really don't require a lot of effort from them.

There's nothing new here, and the "why" of the murders wasn't really explained to my satisfaction, but whatever. You know if you like these kinds of movies or not, and if you you do, then Twisted is worth watching on TV (or picking up at the store for $5, like I did).
November 28, 2008
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

A film with a lot of talent which can't get over a very bad script. First of all it throws out some excellent ideas of how everyone is a killer, it's just about control, but soon gets swept away with "could it be him?" crapness. Constantly it sheds a shadow over characters, all except one. Could this one person be the killer? You decide. The performances are great, especially Strathairn and Garcia but they have no other purpose than to be suspects in a film more focussed on giving a "never see it coming twist" than a logical conclusion. Some laughable dream sequences round out this poor attempt at psychological horror.
September 16, 2008
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